Has 12 year old cranioplasty turned me into a capacitor?
January 15, 2013 3:40 PM Subscribe
Nearly 12 years ago I underwent cranioplasty, which involved dissimilar metals being added to the inside of my skull. Could it be possible that I'm generating a low voltage current? This would explain roughly 90% of the unexplained symptoms I've noticed since that time. This seems like a case of electrochemical capacitance to me. I understand that YANMD; in fact, it may even be the case that YARNAD. That's just fine, I don't really want anyone's 'medical' advice. What I need is some advice on what questions to ask and which specialists I 'should' actually be seeing to properly diagnose and resolve these issues.
posted by schade to health & fitness (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
On April Fool's Day in 2001, I was riding my Suzuki RM125 on a gravel road in WV. In a section comprised mostly of ballast rock due to it's proximity to the railroad, one of the rocks tore open my front tire. This, in turn, caused the front rim to immediately sink deep into the roadbed as the bike began flipping end over end at around 55 mph; I was NOT wearing a helmet.
Yes, I know, I
was am a fool. However, for many years after that day, most residents of the local area wear their helmets. I, myself, have worn one ever since that day.
I underwent cranioplasty in Cumberland, MD; resulting in one 1 inch by 4 inch spring steel plate, 4 brass screws, 29 surgical steel staples and, though not metallic, 209 stitches to finally repair and then reupholster the exterior wall of my left frontal sinus cavity. The 4 brass screws are threaded through my skull into the plate on the backside of my frontal bone inside the sinus cavity.
Over the years I have suffered from severe to extreme migraines seemingly brought on by no apparent cause, random specific and regional muscle spasms that can sometimes last ten to twelve minutes, an odd slightly metallic taste when wearing shoes that prevent me from grounding naturally, most of the time I can discharge 'static' electricity even when grounded, and other phenomena seemingly related to electrical current in some way. These are all magnified by the simple act of pressing my tongue against the roof of my mouth. None of those symptoms mentioned have ever really gotten a satisfactory diagnosis over the years, other than "Oh yeah, you do have a metal plate in your head."; as if that just explains it. The one doctor whose diagnosis was anywhere close to what I believe is happening suggested only about 80% of my neurons were actually able to collect their intended signals resulting in a roughly 20% loss of all signal traffic. While his diagnosis ended up being incorrect in the end, he never satisfactorily offered a cause or any treatment that had any effect on these 'inconveniences' I continue to suffer.
Other that the cranioplasty, I am in reasonably good shape and overall health. If I do have any undiagnosed mental disability, it hasn't, at this point, affected my ability to function in everyday life. I am not currently on any medication
I don't want anyone's medical advice. I have a doctor for that; I will eventually have other doctors for even more of that. What I want is to brainstorm with the hive mind to ensure I'm on the right track with this. These are the questions I know I have:
1 What questions should I be asking my doctor?
2 What specialists should he be referring me to?
3 What specialists should I be demanding he also refer me to if he doesn't on his own?
4 What questions should I be asking the specialist?
5 Should I have more questions about this issue that I'm not thinking of?